Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy covers all aspects of every room in the home From remodeling to wine pairing, from aging in place to backyard kitchens.... Show More

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August 3, 2020 28 min

Nancy and Jem Funk, Interior and Lighting Design with Premier Lighting, is Nancy's guest.  The subject of their conversation was about some of the suggestions designers make for residential interiors.  We agree that you people shouldn't do whatever the designer says if it's not your lifestyle.  Nancy and Jem gave their viewpoint on the following design trends:

  • Wall-to-wall carpet -  not practical but a good price point,...
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    Tired of same the old colors for your kitchen?  Now you have 1,000 colors to pick from when you purchase your new range, hood, refrigerator and dishwasher.  Nancy's guest is JC Abbey, regional sales manager with BlueStar Appliance.  JC talked about BlueStar's ability to customize their appliances to enhance your kitchen.  In addition to all those colors they also do custom plating to match your hardware. JC also explained w...

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    Many of us are staying home creating things to do to keep busy.  Many of us already have a business and we certainly don't want to keep it a secret.  We all know that social media drives business but where do we start?  Having a website is one of the most important things for every business to have, no matter the size of the business.

    Nancy chatted with Chris Diamond, owner of Hogfish Web Studios, to explain 5 things to think a...

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    This week Lisa Rane with Berkshire Hathaway talked with Nancy about the Phoenix housing market and how the pandemic has affected sales. Also, they discussed the new home builds, mortgage rates, the resale inventory, and why Phoenix is still experiencing immense growth.

    If you are buying or selling a home, you'll want to know what the market changes are and what buyers & sellers are looking for.  Are those photos of your hom...

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    Have you ever wondered who prints those beautiful scenes on buses and trains?  Who prints those huge signs at arenas? Nancy's guest is Lisa Perkins, Art Consultant & Sales Representative with Image Craft and Viapagi, who does it all.  Image Craft has large format printing capabilities, and in-house services to make your project turnkey. They have award winning designs to bring your inspiration to reality. They will print ba...

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    Nancy's guest this week is Vince Cavale, National Sales Manager with QDI Surfaces.  Summer is here and everyone is working on their backyard so this is the perfect time to learn about pavers, which can be porcelain, concrete or stone. Learn about the benefits of using pavers, their characteristics, how they are installed and how to maintain them.

    You'll want to listen to this podcast to learn about pavers and other products...

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    Nancy’s guest is Steve Ertle, Merchandising Representative for B/S/H appliances.  Steve explained how the new crystal dry works on the Bosch dishwashers and why the in-line water heater is a plus instead of a heating element.  We also chatted about ProRanges with Titanium door and glass, side swing wall ovens and the Freedom induction cooktops.

    If you are remodeling your kitchen or just need to replace the existing ones, you really...

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    Nancy chatted with Jem Funk, lighting expert with Premier Lighting, about how to get the right lighting to change the mood of your home without contracting an electrician.

    Lighting can make or break the mood in a room and today we covered several ways to accomplish this. Listen and learn about unifying your bulbs, picking out the right LEDs, using layers of lights, diffusing your lights, dimming your lights without hard-wired dimme...

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    June 5, 2020 25 min

    Nancy's guest this week is Dan Hugo, a computer engineer with years of experience.  The subject was the Internet of Things and just how safe it really is. The more functionalities (apps) you add to your smartphone, the more information you store in the device. This could make smartphones and anything connected to them vulnerable to many different types of attacks.

    Don't be naive and think you have nothing to worry about. Li...

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    On March 11, 2020, Nancy and Les Sturdevant, owner of Design Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, discussed the evolution of kitchen design from the 1950’s to the 1990’s.  They were going to continue this theme for the 2000’s on the following podcast, but due to the Coronavirus and social distancing, the podcast got put on hold.

    They remotely recorded the podcast today chatting about the trends of the 2000’s and 2010 decade. They al...

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    Eric Skinner, owner of Premium Wholesale Cabinets in Phoenix, explained to Nancy the process of walking a new client through his showroom.  He explains the different cabinet construction and hardware.  He also shows the homeowner the many cabinet vignettes and explains the styles, wood species and stains of each cabinet manufacturer.

    As Eric was finishing our tour, we chatted about how he and his designers create a dream kitchen fo...

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    Nancy’s guest this week is Deren Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager with Monogram Appliances.  Deren explained the differences between Monogram’s new collections:  The Statement and The Minimalist.  The Statement can work with Transitional or Traditional Kitchens while the Minimalist collection integrates seamlessly with the Contemporary look.

    Deren also talked about the Monogram videos showing delicious recipes from the Monogram Ch...

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    March 26, 2020 6 min

    Nancy suggests how to keep busy and positive in this world of the pandemic.
    This is a short, but upbeat podcast. 

    This has been a difficult for all of us and the sad thing is we don't have any idea when it will be over.  Following the CDC rules of social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands may help to end COVID-19.

    Stay safe

    This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting
    email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com

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    March 11, 2020 28 min

    Nancy and Les Sturtevant, owner of Designer Dream Kitchen Studio, compared the kitchens of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.  How did the cabinets and countertops used in each decade differ and what appliances introduced in these time frames made life easier.  

    Remember when oak cabinets were popular and what about those formica countertops.  

    The evolution of the kitchen is a very interesting subject if you are remode...

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     Nancy talked with Steve Deubel, general contractor and owner of Image Home Improvement, about the process of kitchen design from beginning to end.  

    Here are some of the items they covered:  

  • What is the first thing that must be done when you decide to remodel your kitchen.  
  • What are change orders and why are they used.
  • How to work with a team so your project will run smoothly
  • More ideas about living through the remodel process are...

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    February 26, 2020 15 min

     Nancy explained how to work with a kitchen designer and why you should not attempt this task yourself, unless of course, you are a kitchen designer.  

    On this podcast Nancy explains the process of getting your kitchen remodel started.  She talks about budgeting, working with a contractor and tips on what decisions you need to make to get a kitchen you will be happy with.

    Yes, remodeling is an overwhelming task, but I'm hoping ...

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    February 12, 2020 12 min

     Nancy discusses the reasons why and how homeowners should work with an experienced designer to remodel their kitchen.  With the background and knowledge, a kitchen designer can create a functional and aesthetic space while keeping the project within budget.

     Listen to this podcast for more reasons why a designer will be worth the investment.

    Note:  the picture for this podcast is the "before" view.  Check out the picture f...

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    February 4, 2020 24 min

     Nancy’s guest this week is Richard Wilkinson, owner of Made, a resource for Designers.  Richard just came back from Paris where he saw the big trends from around the world for 2020.  

    Textiles, accessories, furniture and wallcoverings are Richard’s focus for your home, but Richard is only available to the trade.  Not to worry!  Richard will work with your designer.  If you have any questions regarding what Richard is chatting abou...

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    We all want to get the most out of our house when we sell it, but how do we start the process?  Lisa Rane, Realtor with Local Board Real Estate, is Nancy’s guest this week.  

    Lisa explains the process of preparing to put your house on the market.  Checking out your neighborhood, what has to be done to market your house to buyers, and who you should consult with during the preparation process are some of the subjects Lisa discussed.

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     Jem Funk, lighting specialist with Premier Lighting, just came back from the Dallas market and chatted with Nancy about what the lighting trends will be for 2020.  

    Definitely we are heading toward a more modern view in lighting with geometric shapes dominating the new looks. Lots of different and fun materials and finishes are being used.  Jem also explained what you won’t be seeing this year.  Listen to this fun podcast so you w...

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